With Congress digressing on most of its policy issues to focus on the political world, which means feeding its egos, it is important for people to keep their eyes on the ball. The U.S. is still in a tough economic situation. The federal government has granted aid to states, but more still needs to be done. Gates is slashing much of the Pentagon’s budget, but more needs to be done. Afghanistan and Iraq are being built up, but more needs to be done.
It is always important to remember that just because a policy passes does not mean that it will solve all the problems. It requires good enforcement and public administration to make sure that the project gets done. Solutions take time to implement. My last post was on Rwanda, a country that more than 15 years ago was in the trance of genocidal politics. Now, it is growing economically because of international help and domestic progression. Change takes time. It is a sad truth, but a vital one to recognize.
When people go to the polls in November they should focus on a couple of things:
1. Longterm vs. Short Term: Many of the programs proposed by the Obama administration are not quick fix programs. Most of them are structural change programs or longterm funding programs that take time.
2. Trade-Offs: I talked about state aid that was approved by the House today. This aid was important, but it cut food stamp programs sadly. When people listen to deficit hawks remember this: anything that is cut from the federal budget will mean that states and muncipalities will lose funding for a particular program. That is way I am very much against cutting deficit spending now. The deficit does need to reigned in at some point, but not at this point in the recovery process.
Time is of the essence in economic recovery. That is not a simple or good answer for those who are unemployed, but it is a hard truth.
To sum up my posts today:
1. Solutions was my theme today
2. I talked about dissecting arguments for political show
3. “Interesting Things and Independent Ideas” came out today
4. I discussed how state aid programs from the federal government are necessary
5. Gates will cut the defense budget by 10% which is a start
6. Rwanda is becoming a stronger country – a lesson for us all
Well, today was a great one, I hope! Thanks for reading my blog become a follower on this site if have not already. I leave you now with the lawyer from the Prop 8 trial, Ted Olson taking down Chris Wallace – at least in my opinion.